circular economy

Circular economy vow by plastic bottles industry

Circular economy vow by plastic bottles industry European bottled water producers have said they will move towards the circular economy by 2025 by helping to ensure more bottles are recycled. The European Federation of Bottled Waters (EFBW) said it intended … Read More

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landfill tax

HMRC: illegal sites face retrospective action on landfill tax

Legal experts have warned that the waste sector may be caught unawares over new landfill tax rules that can be applied retrospectively to illegal sites. Legislative measures to apply landfill tax on waste at illegal sites came into force on … Read More

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waste collections

Separate council collections ‘needed to achieve new EU targets’

Separate council collections ‘needed to achieve new EU targets’ Better infrastructure and a uniform approach to separated household collections are among measures needed if the UK is to meet the latest recycling targets endorsed by the European Parliament. The message … Read More

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plastics pact

Businesses back WRAP’s plastics pact

Businesses back WRAP’s plastics pact More than 40 businesses have signed up to WRAP’s UK Plastics Pact, which seeks to cut drastically the amount of plastic waste in the environment. Its targets to 2025 are: Eliminate problematic or unnecessary single-use … Read More

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WEEE

Concerns raised over WEEE scheme for HWRCs

Concerns raised over WEEE scheme for HWRCs Strong concerns over the system set up to ensure that waste electrical and electronic equipment is collected from civic amenity sites and HWRCs, have been raised by several businesses within the WEEE sector. … Read More

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waste trade

Associations call for ‘frictionless’ waste trade post-Brexit

Associations call for ‘frictionless’ waste trade post-Brexit The organisations representing both the British and Dutch waste management industries have called for continued trade in waste for recycling and recovery post-Brexit. In a joint statement, Jacob Hayler, executive director of the … Read More

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Plastic packaging

Plastic packaging ‘may worsen food waste’

Plastic packaging ‘may worsen food waste’ The increased use of plastic food packaging is failing to reduce Europe’s growing food waste problem, and may even be inadvertently fuelling it, campaign group Friends of the Earth (FoE) has claimed. Its study, … Read More

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council waste

ESA backs outsourcing as half of council waste contracts up for grabs

ESA backs outsourcing as half of council waste contracts up for grabs The Environmental Services Association (ESA) has called on councils to tender waste management contracts competitively rather than use in-house options, as research reveals that nearly 50% of contracts … Read More

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waste projects

Commonwealth meeting sees £61m for waste projects

Commonwealth meeting sees £61m for waste projects Prime Minister Theresa May has announced a £61.4 million package of waste funding which will help countries across the Commonwealth stop plastic waste from entering the oceans. The announcement came as the Prime … Read More

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recycling

Government to support 65% recycling rate

Government to support 65% recycling rate The Government will vote in favour boosting recycling rates as part of a package of EU measures, resources minister Therese Coffey has confirmed. The circular economy (CE) package, which is soon to be voted … Read More

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